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Miracle Method Surface Refinishing Opens In Cincinnati Market »

August 01, 2014 at 6:41AM PDT | Source: Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Miracle Method, the nation's largest surface refinishing company, has announced the opening of its newest franchise in the Cincinnati, Ohio market. Jim Hudek, his wife Mary Beth and their children live in Hamilton, Ohio just north of Cincinnati. Jim has owned a very successful painting business for over 20 years and was ready to start something new.
While listening to radio talk host Gary Sullivan, Jim heard about Miracle Method and thought that his market needed the services that Miracle Method offers. "The strong business model and tools available to franchisees are unbelievable, something I wish I had when I started my painting business. It took me years to develop my own systems to run a successful painting business...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Further Expansion Of The DoubleTree By Hilton Brand In Australia »

August 01, 2014 at 6:28AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton brand strengthens presence in Australian market with the signing of the DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns
August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // SYDNEY, Australia - Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of the 237 room DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns. Located at 121 The Esplanade, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns will enjoy a prime waterfront location. Formerly the Holiday Inn Cairns, the property will join Hilton Worldwide’s Australasian portfolio of 21 hotels in the fourth quarter of 2014.
"DoubleTree by Hilton continues to be one of the fastest growing full service hotel brands in the world, and we are thrilled to continue this growth in a market as important as Australia," said John Greenleaf, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton...

Starwood Board Increases Share Repurchase Authorization To $1.5 Billion »

August 01, 2014 at 6:15AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend of {7}.35 and Special Dividend of {7}.65 Per Share
Stamford, Conn. - August 1, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a new $1.1 billion share repurchase authorization. Including approximately $400 million remaining under the prior authorization, Starwood’s total share repurchase authorization is now approximately $1.5 billion. Starwood has repurchased approximately $200 million of shares to date in 2014 and expects to accelerate the pace of its repurchases.
Frits van Paasschen, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Starwood has a strong balance sheet and we are executing well on our asset-light strategy...

GNC Launches In-store Fundraising Event To Support Pressley Ridge's Programs To Keep Children And Families Together »

August 01, 2014 at 5:42AM PDT | Source: GNC

Customers Who Make Donations in August will be Rewarded with a $10-off Coupon for September
PITTSBURGH - Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC), the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, will reward customers who make in-store donations to Pressley Ridge, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit, in August with a $10 coupon for any order over $50 made in September. The innovative fund-raising event will take place in approximately 100 corporate GNC stores across areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio and Virginia that are served by Pressley Ridge.
Pressley Ridge provides multiple services to keep children and families together under challenging circumstances, including foster care, crisis respite, education and autism...

Glass Doctor® Explains That A Proper Windshield Replacement Can Be A Lifesaver »

August 01, 2014 at 5:33AM PDT | Source: Glass Doctor

The Windshield: A Key to Vehicle Safety
Waco, TX - (Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Your car windshield protects you from the elements while you drive. The descriptive name emphasizes its function: wind and shield. But, the most important function of a windshield is keeping the occupants of a vehicle from being ejected in an accident.
In the event of an accident, many people hope that the body of their vehicle will withstand the force of a collision. But, they may not realize that the windshield in modern vehicles can provide as much as 85% of a vehicle cabin's structural integrity in a collision.
As a result, the windshield plays a key role in keeping the roof from collapsing during a rollover, as well as making sure the airbag deploys in the correct position and helping to keep passengers from being ejected from the vehicle, greatly increasing the chances of survival...

Papa John's Announces 12% Increase In Quarterly Dividend »

August 01, 2014 at 5:17AM PDT | Source: Papa John's

Louisville, Ky. - August 1, 2014 - (Business Wire) - Papa John's International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 12 percent increase in the quarterly dividend payable on Papa John's International, Inc. common stock, resulting in a quarterly dividend rate of $0.14 per share, or $0.56 on an annual basis. The Board of Directors declared the $0.14 dividend per common share, payable August 22, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 13, 2014.
Forward-Looking Statements
Certain matters discussed in this press release which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Part I...

Fitness On The Go's Rewards Program Helps Clients Reach Their Goals »

August 01, 2014 at 5:00AM PDT | Source: Fitness On The Go

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Setting goals for a fitness program is very important, and is commonly seen on blogs on successful tips to weight loss. Fitness on the Go has been helping customers reach their fitness goals for over 8 years, and has worked with 6000 customers on an individual basis throughout Canada with their personal trainers. "We have had the chance to monitor why customers start exercising with a personal trainer, why they stop exercising, how long they stick to their program, whether or not they have a goal when they begin, and if they reach it. We have found interesting data which helped us create our rewards program," states Dan Mezheritsky, president of Fitness on the Go.
Fitness on the Go introduced a points system for each session the client has with their personal trainer, plus they earn more points by completing their homework...

Express Employment Professionals Puts More Than 5,000 New People To Work Weekly »

August 01, 2014 at 4:50AM PDT | Source: Express Employment Professionals

International Company Posts 16% Growth Mid-Year with Highest Growth Seen by Canadian Franchises at 32%
Toronto, Ontario - (Marketwired - July 31, 2014) - Express Employment Professionals, the largest franchised staffing company in North America, today reported that through the first six months of 2014 it put an average of 5,370 new people to work each week, up from an average of 2,509 in 2009.
"Since 2009, we have doubled the number of new people being hired," said Bob Funk, Express Employment Professionals CEO and chairman of the board. "The company is on track to connect more than 450,000 people to employment by the end of the year."
Additionally, through the first half of 2014, Express franchisees generated more than $1...

Dental Fix Awards 5th Franchise In State Of New York »

August 01, 2014 at 4:39AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 50th franchise of 2014, in Queens, New York to Ray Fernandez, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Greatneck, New York market, will be the 5th van to launch in New York, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 97 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Gene Lockhart To Join Board Of Directors »

August 01, 2014 at 4:36AM PDT | Source: Aaron Rents, Inc.

John Schuerholz to Retire from Aaron's Board after Eight Years of Service
ATLANTA - July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced today that Gene Lockhart, former President and CEO of MasterCard Worldwide, will join the Aaron's, Inc. Board of Directors effective August 1, 2014. John Schuerholz, President of the Atlanta Braves, will retire from Aaron's Board after eight years of service.
"Gene has tremendous experience as an innovator in the financial services industries where he promoted changes that benefit consumers," said Ray M. Robinson, Chairman of Aaron's, Inc. Board of Directors...

The Wendy’s Company Announces Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.05 Per Share »

August 01, 2014 at 4:27AM PDT | Source: Wendy's

July 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // DUBLIN, Ohio – The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) announced the declaration of its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share, payable on September 16, 2014, to shareholders of record as of September 2, 2014.
The approximate number of common shares outstanding as of July 18, 2014 was 367.0 million.
About The Wendy's Company
The Wendy's Company is the worlds third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's® system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 29 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit aboutWendy's.com or Wendy's.com.
Notes: There can be no assurance that any additional regular quarterly cash dividends will be declared or paid after the date hereof, or of the amount or timing of such dividends, if any...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens Online Merchandise Shop »

August 01, 2014 at 4:20AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J. - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, has launched an online merchandise shop just in time for the hottest days of summer. Located at www.shopjerseymikes.com, the site is only place for customers and fans to purchase Jersey Mike's branded apparel and gear which includes t-shirts, beach crew sweatshirts, ball caps, coolers, travel mugs and even Mini Mike's temporary tattoos.
"For years, our customers who are passionate about Jersey Mike's have been asking us for branded items," said Rich Hope, chief marketing officer, Jersey Mike's. "With these custom items, you can feel like you are at the Jersey Shore no matter where you are."
The company is promoting the online store with point-of-purchase advertising as well as grassroots promotion cards that will be handed out locally for interested customers...

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Announces Quarterly Dividend Of $0.13 Per Share »

August 01, 2014 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc

Lakewood, Colo. - (Business Wire) - July 31, 2014 - Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAGL), a leader in the quick-casual segment of the restaurant industry operating under the Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Noah's New York Bagels®, and Manhattan Bagel® brands, announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share, payable on October 15, 2014 to stockholders of record as of September 1, 2014.
As of July 31, 2014, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. had approximately 18 million shares of common stock outstanding.
About Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading company in the quick-casual segment of the restaurant industry that operates, franchises and licenses locations under the Einstein Bros...

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. To Release Second Quarter 2014 Results On August 14, 2014 »

August 01, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Greenwood Village, Colo., July 31, 2014 (Globe Newswire) - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (Nasdaq:RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today announced that it will release results for the quarter ended July 13, 2014, on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The Company will host a conference call to review financial results on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 10:00 AM ET.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 280-4443, or for international callers (719) 457-2637. A replay will be available from two hours after the end of the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 7896315...

Andy Abbajay Joins Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants As First Chief Operations Officer »

August 01, 2014 at 4:01AM PDT | Source: Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Opportunities Available

Nation's Largest Barbecue Chain Brand Adds Leadership Roll to Enhance Growth Efforts
August 01, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, TX - Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain, today announced Andy Abbajay as the new chief operations officer. Employing multiple touch points, additional support layers and a collaborative leadership style, Abbajay will lead the brand as it closes in on its 500th restaurant opening and the brand's eventual international expansion.
"Andy joins us with a proven track record of creative problem solving and will be instrumental in leveraging best in class operation procedures for our growing system," said Roland Dickey, Jr., president and CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc...

Non-Urban Real Estate, Land Sales Build Momentum In Spring, Early Summer »

July 31, 2014 at 11:54AM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

United Country Reports Double Digit Increases in Farm, Country Home Volume
July 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. – United Country Real Estate, the largest seller of lifestyle and rural properties in the U.S., reported substantial gains in the first part of the year. Farms and country home sales volume realized extremely strong growth, experiencing double-digit increases, according to the global lifestyle property firm.
"It's clear non-urban real estate is going to continue to have strong sales again this year," said Jason Cole, chief financial officer of United Country Real Estate. "Spring and early summer numbers show an increase in the sales volume of farms at 38 percent and country homes over 6 percent year-to-date...

Dale Carnegie Training Unearths Key Drivers Of Employee Engagement In Small To Mid-sized Businesses »

July 31, 2014 at 11:24AM PDT | Source: Dale Carnegie Training

70% of Small Business Employees Want To Be Trusted To Do Their Job and To Feel Valued By Their Company
July 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // Hauppauge, NY – Dale Carnegie Training®, the worldwide leader in professional development, performance improvement, leadership training and employee engagement, releases new findings on how to drive employee engagement in small and mid-sized businesses. The study reveals that overall, small businesses have moderately more engaged employees than their larger business counterparts and that overall people are a company’s single greatest asset. While factors like innovative products, quality services and cutting edge strategies may contribute to this success, none of these can be created or implemented properly without engaged employees...

Spring-Green Adds Services To Help Franchise Owners And Customers »

July 31, 2014 at 11:07AM PDT | Source: Spring-Green Lawn Care

Company Offers Water Conservation Strategies and Irrigation Maintenance Programs in Select Markets
Plainfield, IL (PRWEB) July 31, 2014 - Spring-Green Lawn Care continues its efforts to add services for customers and support for franchise owners with the introduction of an irrigation maintenance program. In 2013, Spring-Green's Plainfield-based support center successfully introduced the program throughout the Chicagoland area. Several franchise owners throughout the country are now offering the service as well. Candy Wolfe services the Michiana area, including Michigan's Berrien and Cass counties and Indiana's St. Joseph county, Rodney Gaddis covers the greater Franklin, Tennessee area, Jim Hoelsworth supports the New Jersey counties of Cape May, Camden and Gloucester, franchise owner Matt Holker services Maple Grove, Plymouth, and the surrounding greater Minneapolis and St...

Hertz Continues Expansion Of Neighborhood Locations Throughout The U.S. »

July 31, 2014 at 11:03AM PDT | Source: Hertz

Hertz Opens 17 New Hertz Local Edition Locations
NAPLES, Fla. - July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) continues to add to its neighborhood market network with the opening of another 17 Hertz Local Edition locations in 13 states (listed below). These new locations are in addition to the approximately 80 neighborhood locations opened since January 2014, and more than 2,900 locations currently open across the U.S. The openings are part of a company-wide strategy to accelerate expansion in the off-airport, neighborhood car rental market servicing the replacement, leisure and business customers.
"It's imperative at Hertz that we are consistently expanding our network of neighborhood locations, especially in convenient suburban locations, such as auto repair shops," commented John Holt, Hertz Senior Vice President, Off Airport Operations...

Dental Fix Awards 9th Franchise In Texas »

July 31, 2014 at 10:49AM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
Dental Fix Opportunities Available

July 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // Davie, Florida - Dental Fix has awarded its 49th franchise of 2014, in Houston, Texas to Mario & Ana Garcia, Dental Fix announced today.
The signed agreement targeting the Woodlands, Texas market, will be the 9th van to launch in Texas, and is part of an aggressive North American expansion plan calling for 700 new vans over the next five years. With 97 territories currently operating throughout the US and Canada, Dental Fix is well on its way.
"It's been another tremendous year for us as we build on our brand's success and continue to grow throughout the United States and Canada," said David Lopez, CEO of Dental Fix.
Dental Fix combines centralized technological and account management services with a unique national network of locally owned and operated industry professionals...



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